Happy International Women’s Day

If you ate today, thank a woman in agriculture Every year on 8 March we celebrate International Women’s Day highlighting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a moment to reflect on progress made and on what still needs to happen to forge a more inclusive world for women. Invest in Women […]

The SUR is gone. Biocontrol should be available to farmers now!

Noting the Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR) was a symbol of polarisation, Ursula von der Leyen proposed to withdraw it on 6 February 2024. The SUR is off the table. IBMA now urges the Commission to work on a new proposal. We already issued a statement on the Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture. (Brussels, 27 […]

MEP Tolleret Asks Commission Question on Biocontrol

MEP Irène Tolleret, Renew, and other cross-party MEPS, sent a written question to the European Commission on the subject of Biological Pest Control in February 2024. The European Commission is obliged to respond to written questions. Question for written answer to the Commission Following the European Parliament’s rejection of the draft regulation on the sustainable […]

How the Strategic Dialogue can equip farmers with biocontrol for resilient and globally competitive agriculture.

The Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture has been launched to address issues such as “a fair standard of living for farmers and rural communities” and “support agriculture within the boundaries of our planet and its ecosystems.”   Farmers are the backbone of the rural economy and must be placed at the forefront of the […]

Take part in the 4th edition of the European Green Deal Barometer

Together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), we invite you to participate in the 4th edition of the European Green Deal Barometer by 26th February 2024. The annual survey gathers views from sustainability experts on the European Union’s progress towards implementing the European Green Deal and its constituent policies. It also examines the […]

EU Parliament rejects SUR opportunity to provide farmers with biocontrol alternatives to secure food production 

A majority of the European Parliament rejected the Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR) on November 22, 2023. IBMA regrets the loss of an opportunity that had the potential to accelerate access to innovative nature-based solutions. (Brussels, 23 November 2023) Until now, the SUR was the only piece of EU legislation on the table that would have […]

Do you need assistance convincing your minister to support SUR? Our template letter can help you!

Following the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) vote in favour of MEP Sarah Wiener’s report on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation (SUR), we need to continue mobilizing support for the SUR. We have designed a template letter to help you build on momentum and ask Member […]

Spearheading Innovative-Nature-based Solutions to Ensure Food Security: Biocontrol Industry Meeting Attracts More Than 1800 Delegates in Basel

The Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2023 welcomed over 1800 participants from 58 countries highlighting the essential role biocontrol plays in providing better solutions for plant protection and securing the future of food and farming. Organised by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) in Basel, Switzerland, the 18th […]

Bernard Blum Award 2023 Gold Winner is PEA-02® by DCM

We have Bernard Blum Award 2023 Winners! The best biocontrol product of the year is PEA-02® by DCM. The awardees have been announced at ABIM 2023 where Owen Jones, Chair of the Bernard Blum Award judging panel and Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director of IBMA, have presented the 2023 Bernard Blum Award short list success stories and the winning entry presentation. […]